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The State of Florida, in the southeastern region of the United States of America. Most of the state is a large peninsula with the Gulf of Mexico on its west and the Atlantic Ocean on its east. Most of the state has a humid subtropical climate, except for southern Florida, where the climate borders on tropical and the Florida Keys, which have a tropical climate. Florida was named by Juan Ponce de León, who landed on the peninsula on 2 April 1513, during Pascua Florida (Spanish for “Flowery Easter,” referring to the Easter season). Florida’s economy relies heavily on tourism. Florida is situated mostly on a large peninsula between the Gulf of Mexico, the Atlantic Ocean, and the Straits of Florida. It extends to the northwest into a panhandle, extending along the northern Gulf of Mexico. It is bordered on the north by the states of Georgia and Alabama, and on the west, at the end of the panhandle, by Alabama. It is near the countries of the Caribbean, particularly the Bahamas and Cuba. Florida’s extensive coastline made it a perceived target during World War II, so the government built airstrips all around the state. Today approximately 400 airports are still in service due to the coastal geography of the state. Florida is one of the largest states east of the Mississippi. Only Alaska and Michigan are larger in water area.
At 345 feet (105 m) above mean sea level, Britton Hill is the highest point in Florida and the lowest highpoint of any U.S. state. Contrary to popular belief, however, Florida is not entirely “flat.” Some places, such as Clearwater, feature vistas that rise 50 to 100 feet (15–30 m) above the water. Much of the interior of Florida, typically 25 miles (40 km) or more away from the coastline, features hills with elevations ranging from 100 to 250 feet (30–76 m) in many locations. Lake County holds the highest point of peninsular Florida, Sugarloaf Mountain, at 312 feet (95 m).

 

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News from Tampa Bay from The Tampa Tribune

TAMPA -- Tonight at Plant High's Dad's Stadium, two of Florida's top high school football programs -- Armwood and Plant -- will meet for the 12th time since 2004 and the first since 2012 to kick off t...

 

TAMPA --The median price for homes selling in the Tampa Bay area rose by nearly 2 percent in July compared to a year ago. And while inventory is slightly down in this area, it is generally up througho...

 

TAMPA -- Within a five-month span, Lovie Smith and Evan Dietrich-Smith have forged a classic connection. The new head coach of the Buccaneers and Tampa Bay's free-agent center share a passion for vint...

 

TAMPA -- On opening night, when the University of South Florida football team races through the tunnel at Raymond James Stadium on Aug. 30 before facing the Western Carolina Catamounts, emotions will ...

 

The owner of the Jackson's Bistro and Westin Harbour Island hotel property has made a deal to sell the sites to the New York-based private equity company Blackstone. Price: $49.5 million. "We hav...

 

FORT WORTH, Texas - American Airlines says it will extend its fee for unaccompanied minors to charge $150 extra each way for children between 5 and 14. The change starts Sept. 3. Currently, American c...

 

FERGUSON, Mo. -- Gov. Jay Nixon on Thursday ordered the Missouri National Guard to begin withdrawing from Ferguson, where nightly scenes of unrest have erupted since a white police officer fatally sho...

 

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia -- The bodies and ashes of 20 Malaysians killed when Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was shot down over Ukraine in July have arrived in Kuala Lumpur, the first repatriation of victi...

 

TAMPA -- The bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of St. Petersburg issued an apology on his blog Thursday for the decision to allow filming of a raunchy comedy titled "Sex Ed" at the campus...

 

ST. PETERSBURG -- About 250 Tampa Bay area residents packed into a lower section at Tropicana Field to collectively recite the Oath of Allegiance on Thursday, officially becoming American citizens. As...

 
 

News from Jacksonville and Northern Florida from WLTV

Beautiful weather for The Final Round         

 

Fans turned away from Funk Fest at Metro Park         

 

Michael Sam has been picked by the St. Louis Rams in the seventh round of the NFL draft, becoming the first openly gay player drafted by a pro football team.     &...

 

Neighbors help mail carrier 'Stamp Out Hunger'         

 

Three boys are being questioned by officers after they were seen throwing homemade explosive devices in a Northside neighborhood.       &nbsp...

 

A 29-year-old woman was dragged beneath a vehicle near Oceanway on Saturday.         

 

A Florida Missing Child Alert has been issued for a 8-year-old boy reported missing out of Miami, authorities said Saturday.        &...

 

An investigation is ongoing after a car crashed into a Publix supermarket in North Naples         

 

A Jacksonville man is in critical condition after his motorcycle hit another vehicle head-on Friday evening, authorities said.        &a...

 

Parents can oppose what textbooks are used in their children's classrooms         

 
 

South Florida News from The Sun-Sentinel

Break closes roads in Fort Lauderdale, Oakland Park Construction workers drilled into a water main Thursday afternoon, causing water to shoot from the sidewalk some 90 feet into the air and leaving ci...

 

"Pull my finger" was no joking matter for a child whose finger got stuck in a metal post.

 

Two elected officials lock hornsThere's a lot of passion in the race for Broward County Commission District 8.

 

South Florida is packed with fun destinations for tourists: casinos, racetracks, chi-chi hotspots and, of course, the beach. Then there's the Broward County courthouse.

 

Attorney general defends her defense of Florida ban on same-sex marriage– Unfazed by the Democratic critics who regard her as Political Enemy No. 2 – right behind the governor &...

 

Anthony Herring, 37, of Delray Beach, facing animal cruelty chargesBella, a female pit bull, was just 23 pounds when Palm Beach County Animal Care and Control officers found her chained up in the back...

 

The second- and third-round picks are in danger of not making 53-man rosterAs Dolphins fans bemoan the success rate of recent second- and third-round draft picks, Exhibit A and Exhibit B of their ire,...

 

Brandon Marshall, the former Miami Dolphin who now plays for the Chicago Bears, has put his Southwest Ranches home up for sale.

 

— Faced with closing its doors because the money was running out, the Boca Raton Children's Museum has gotten a lifeline from the Florence Fuller Child Development Centers.

 

When the new south runway opens on Sept. 18, it will virtually eliminate air traffic delays, improve safety and provide enormous room for air traffic – and tourism dollars – to gro...

 
 

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